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Author: Bruce Kemp

Best restaurant offers farm to table breakfast

Chef Steve Kooijman Friesen’s Countrytyme Restaurant and Bakery If you’re looking for a great breakfast at the north end of the Valley, in an interesting dining room overlooking the farm that grows most of the food on the table, give Friesen’s Countrytyme Restaurant and Bakery a try. After a career that included riding the rails as a BC Rail chef and a stint as the executive sous-chef at Harrison Hot Springs, Steve Kooijman recently returned to the Okanagan to run his own restaurant. Last April, he and his wife took over the kitchen and retail outlet of 18-year-old Friesen’s Countrytyme...

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Kitchen Confidential with Chef Ricardo Scebba at Ricardos

Ricardo Scebba says taste is a matter of honour—honouring the lessons taught to him by his mother The tradition of great Italian food in the New World goes right back to Columbus, but for Ricardo Scebba it’s a family affair. His mom, Concetta, taught him the basics and inspired his love for the Mediterranean fare that he serves at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Lake Country. She and his dad, Guiseppe, contribute to the quality of that fare by growing his herbs and helping in the kitchen. Awards: Best Chef, Best Restaurant 2013 What is your culinary philosophy? RS (Ricardo Scebba):...

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Kitchen Confidential with Chef Bruno Terroso at The Vanilla Pod

Bruno Terroso sees great food as a fusion of tradition and innovation People think Chef Bruno Terroso is Italian because of his name, but he’s really Portuguese. Growing up in Prince George he did a lot of cooking with his mom, all western European foods. Since his family comes from Laurinha just north of Lisbon, salt cod or bacalhau was a staple. Now he incorporates a lot of Spanish and Portuguese dishes into his menu at The Vanilla Pod. Bruno prefers preparing fish over big red meats and heavy proteins, but he also knows his customers so his menu is...

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Elders prod action on salmon fishery

A dozen years ago, elders of the Okanagan Nation asked where the salmon had gone. This was traditional food that the people had been able to depend upon for millennia.But the once abundant fish were no longer anywhere to be found this high up in the Columbia River system. “We want you to bring the salmon back,” the elders told the band chiefs. “Make it happen.” And they did. For Chief Jonathan Kruger and his colleagues in the five nations that make up the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) “…this was a simple command to be followed. The question was...

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